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VIUCEDD Board Member Represents Territory at White House Women’s Summit

VIUCEDD Board Member Karabo Molyneaux-Molloy attended the United State of Women Summit on June 14, in Washington D.C., where she was welcomed by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).  

While in Washington D.C., Molloy visited the offices of United States Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett; Eve Hill, senior counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the US Department of Justice; Aaron Bishop, MSSW commissioner, administration on disabilities at the Administration for Community Living. During these visits, Molloy spoke about the situation for people with disabilities in the U.S. Virgin Islands and her hopes to expand opportunities in the territory.

During the State of Women Summit she participated in conversations around economic empowerment, health and wellness, educational opportunity, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation, and leadership and civic engagement. Karabo heard from speakers including First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, Anna Maria Chávez, Gloria Steinem, Shonda Rhimes, and AUCD’s Liz Weintraub.

“AUCD is excited to have dynamic leaders like Karabo Molyneaux-Molloy and Liz Weintraub in attendance at today's historic summit,” said Andrew Imparato, AUCD's executive director. “Women with disabilities have a huge stake in every topic that will be discussed today, and the whole community will benefit from their participation.”

Molloy is a strong disability advocate, using her experiences living with a disability and using her leadership to advocate for increased education and employment opportunities for all. She was born in Botswana, Africa. Molloy grew up in St. Croix and attended the St. Croix Educational Complex. With the assistance of the U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and academic scholarships, Molloy graduated from Otterbein University with a Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting.  After graduating from Capital University Law School, she returned to St. Croix in 2014. She currently serves as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Harold Willocks. Learn more about the United State of Women Summit at www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/. For more information contact Karen H. Brown at karen.brown@uvi.edu